Coffee tables are available in an endless array of sizes, materials and colors. Some popular table choices are metal, glass and wood. The size of the coffee table should be in proportion to the size of the room. Larger tables seem most at home in larger rooms. The top of the table can be made of a different material than the legs. Glass_topped tables frequently feature metal frames. Some tables made out of wood have metal accents such as trim and other hardware. Mixing materials can make a more visually interesting table. Another function of the small coffee table can be added storage. Some tables have a drawer or two, which can hold games, magazines or remote controls. Other tables have a shelf at the bottom between the legs, which can hold books. The top of a small coffee table can be the perfect place to display special family pieces such as clocks and photographs. In addition to being functional, small coffee tables can help make a room feel more polished.
The actual function of the coffee table has not really changed all that much since its creation. Coffee tables were actually imported by the West and first used as garden tables for drinking tea or coffee outdoors. Then, the coffee table moved indoors began to serve as a rather low piece of furniture could be used to entertain guests or simply read the newspaper in front of with a nice cup of coffee resting comfortably on a coaster. Today, as has always been the case with this very traditional and ubiquitous piece of furniture, the classic but modern coffee table is a place where friends and family gather. However, modern coffee tables are still necessary but just not in the morning as was traditionally the case in generations past. Mornings are typically reserved for either catching up on much_needed sleep or simply getting ready to start the day. There is precious little need for the formality of sitting down in front of the sofa and drinking coffee when there is barely time to make a cup to go. Evenings, however, are another story and that is when the modern coffee table may be better known as a cocktail table. Precisely like any traditional coffee table, a cocktail table is set low to the ground and generally placed in front of a sofa or seating area. However, there are some cocktail tables that feature removable benches and other features compatible with game tables.